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Superman to Pooh: Comics characters that became the face of protests

As Taiwanese cock a snook at China with cartoon-inspired patches, a look at other such statements

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

Debarghya Sanyal New Delhi

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Popular cartoon character Winnie the Pooh finds himself at the receiving end of an ongoing political one-upmanship between Taiwan and China. People in Taiwan are rushing to buy patches being worn by their Air Force pilots that depict a Formosan black bear (also known as the Taiwanese black bear) punching the friendly, honey-loving yellow bear. Pooh has remained a favourite target for Chinese censors, thanks to a proliferation of internet memes comparing the pantless bear with China’s president, Xi Jinping.

The patches show an angry Formosan black bear holding Taiwan’s flag and punching Pooh, with the slogan “Scramble!” The endangered

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First Published: Apr 28 2023 | 10:24 AM IST

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